SV May Queen

Built on the banks of the Huon River in 1867, SV May Queen is Australia’s oldest sail trading vessel.

Over 105 years of work, May Queen carried a wide variety of cargo, reflecting the changing needs of the Tasmanian community.

These including anything from timber to steam engines to apples.

Fitted with a retractable centreboard, SV May Queen is 21m long, 5.3m wide and has a draft of 1.5m when fully laden with 25,000 super feet of sawn timber (50 tonnes).

The hull is of Tasmanian blue gum and stringy bark, the deck is of Tasmanian Celery Top Pine and the spars are of imported oregon.

May Queen is currently viewable at Constitution Dock, opposite the museum, and is usually open for inspection on Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons.


The presentation of May Queen in Constitution Dock is generously supported by TasPorts.